1. Entry sign to Capertee Valley
2. The valley from lookout
3. Railway station
4. Royal Hotel, Capertee
5. Catholic church, on the outskirts of the town.
The canyon of the Capertee Valley is apparently 1 km longer than the Grand Canyon but not as deep. It's beautiful and impressive but to me nowhere near as impressive as the Grand Canyon.
Sheep properties were established in the valley in the 1840s and the village, with a reliable water source, was a good rest stop on the road to Mudgee. With the arrival of the railway in 1882 the valley was opened up for coal, limestone and old shale mining.
It's a small town (population around 200) but has lots of facilities - a school, police station (with police who are often out breath testing), community hall, Royal hotel, churches and a combined garage/shop/post office so ticking along nicely.
The town itself may not be the perfect destination but the surrounding area is magnificent and there are bed and breakfasts and farm stays to be found if you are looking for a great weekend in great countryside.